Standings implications: unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak took its toll on Serie A and forced the postponement of four matches. In the ones that did happen, Juventus and Lazio confirmed their leadership by defeating SPAL and Genoa in hard-fought contests. Roma came back to life with a roar and torched Lecce.
Back on Friday, Napoli completed the comeback in Brescia and momentarily caught Milan in the standings, entering the Europa League zone after a long while, however few teams in that neighbourhood did not play. The Rossoneri instead shared the spoils with Fiorentina despite playing for a while in 11 vs 10men. Bologna pipped Udinese at the post, preventing the Friulani to gain some cushion over the relegation area.
Confirmations: Ciro Immobile craftily slotted one home in Genoa, while Cristiano Ronaldo punched one through from point-blank range in Ferrara, so the two top fantasy dogs delivered. Ante Rebic and Andrea Petagna are both on a scoring binge and found the target once again in the last few rounds. Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan stayed hot and propelled La Lupa past the other Giallorossi. Lorenzo Insigne is finally picking up some momentum and made it to the stat-sheet after three scoreless round thanks to a penalty kick, while it is no longer a surprise when Domenico Criscito does damage in the same way, as he has already notched seven goals.
Guess who is back: Aaron Ramsey recently started to show better and scored his second of the campaign in lovely fashion. The last was in September. Cengiz Under and Aleksandar Kolarov had both fallen to wayside recently, but they both came up big for Roma on Sunday. Stefano Okaka hit the net for the first time since mid-December. The specialist Erick Pulgar was finally on the pitch as La Viola were awarded a penalty and coolly drilled it: he had not done it since in nearly five months.
Surprise scorers: Jhon Chancellor is coming up frequently in this section as he bagged his third goal of the season with a towering header. Francesco Cassata netted his first of the season by taking aim and blasting it past the goalie, but Danilo Cataldi’s free kick was equally impressive on the other end: he too had yet to make it to the boxscore in Serie A play in the ongoing campaign.
Clutch goal: Rodrigo Palacio had some big misses in the last few contests but atoned for those on Saturday, knocking one on goal in sneaky manner in the very last minutes of the Udinese tilt.
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